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Sexual abuse is when a child or young person is forced or coerced into taking part in any kind of sexual activity with an adult or another young person. It can happen to anyone at any age – boys and girls. If you are being sexually abused, remember that it is not your fault and there is help out there for you.


Children and Young Person’s Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (CISVAs)


A CISVA is a special worker who can help you and provide support to you if you have experienced sexual abuse or sexual exploitation at any time in your life.  ISVAs are separate from the police or children’s services, they work for RASASC and it is totally your choice if you would like to work with an ISVA. If the police have been informed, ISVAs can support you at each step.

Your ISVA will not tell you what to do, ISVAs will talk through your rights and options to help you make decisions.


At your first meeting with your ISVA we will explain all about our support, ask some questions and work together to see what your needs are and how we can help – we will create your own personalised support plan.


What does an ISVA do? What can they help me with?

You and your ISVA will agree how often you meet and contact each other. You can contact your ISVA on the phone, text, email, via webcam or in face-face sessions.


Please click on our CISVA service agreement if you would like to know more about our CISVA service or contact us on 0330 363 0063





Young people who have been sexually abused can experience many overpowering emotions and sometimes these can be difficult to recognise and deal with. These feelings can include anger, rage, sadness, guilt, shame, confusion and many other emotions. None of these are wrong, but they can affect your life in a way that seems difficult, if not impossible to escape. It can also affect your relationships with others which can make you feel lonely too! Your counsellor will help you to explore these feelings within a safe and secure environment. This can be achieved in many ways, your counsellor will help you find better ways of identifying and expressing your feelings and help you to come to terms with what has happened to you and enable you to move on with your life.



Other sources of help for young people


Child Line (24hr emotional support line for people aged 19 years and under): 0800 11 11 


VISYON – (Cheshire based Counselling Service for Young People, offering a broad range of support services): 0800 652 6293


You&Co (Victim Support’s youth programme offering information on your rights as a young victim and witness and also information about the court process) (Young person’s on-line counselling service – 11-25 year olds)


Brook (free and confidential sexual health services and advice for young people under 25)


Brook text and webchat with an advisor


Thinkuknow (Advice and information for Young people/carers and teachers around keeping safe on the internet)


Worried about a child?


Call the NSPCC Helpline on 0808 800 5000




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